Sally Michael

  1. A Timely Reminder of God’s Purpose in Suffering

    A Timely Reminder of God’s Purpose in Suffering

    As we were sitting in the Cleveland Clinic waiting room, I received a text recording sent by a young mother in our church. I tapped the arrow and heard this sweet reminder spoken by her twelve-year-old daughter, "Hi Mrs. Michael and Miss Kristi. We prayed for you. God's eye is watching and His hand is working to uphold and govern all His creation to fulfill all His purposes." ... More

  2. Beyond Conversion: The Call to Disciple Our Children

    Beyond Conversion: The Call to Disciple Our Children

    Before ascending into heaven, Jesus gave every Christian in every century a commission with eternal significance:

    …"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
    —Matthew 28:18-20 ... More

  3. Planting Seeds of Righteousness

    Planting Seeds of Righteousness

    simile: n. a figure of speech in which one thing is likened to another
    in one respect by the use of “like,” “as,” etc. The Bible uses similes frequently. They paint pictures for our eyes so our minds can grasp biblical truth. They borrow our familiarity with the ordinary to help us understand the profound. ... More

  4. Using Fighter Verses to Instruct Children

    Using Fighter Verses to Instruct Children

    Fighter Verses™ are a wonderful means to share the Word of God with our children. Breakfast or supper, riding in the car, or any time the family is together is a good time for instructional conversation about the Fighter Verses. ... More

  5. Why Jesus is Most Special

    Why Jesus is Most Special

    In the heart of every Christian grandmother is the desire for her grandchildren to know Jesus as their Savior. This was my heart's desire seven years ago when I wrote the text to Jesus is Most Special.It didn’t start out as text for a children’s book about the birth of Christ. It was simply the expression of one grandmother’s heart that her granddaughter would know of God’s love in sending the Savior. ... More

  6. Doing God's Word, for Change

    Doing God's Word, for Change

    But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing (James 1:22-25). ... More

  7. Spiritual Benefits of Active Learning

    One of the God-given means for influencing the heart and the will is to encourage students to be active participants in the learning process. Most people would agree that active participation by students creates a positive learning experience. Most of us could even give reasons why this is so:

    • Participation makes the lessons more interesting, aids in holding the attention of potential wandering minds, and minimizes boredom.
    • Involvement maximizes the possibility that concepts are retained over a longer period of time.
    • Discovering truth rather than just hearing it provides a greater potential for truths to be internalized. The critical thinking skills involved in discovery can not only inform the mind, but also offer a more profound impression on the heart.
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  8. Ten Essential Gospel Truths to Teach Children

    In our desire to lead children to faith in Christ, parents and teachers can feel overwhelmed by all they want and need to teach children. Have you ever wondered what's most important to teach children about the Gospel? Following are 10 essentials: ... More

  9. Spiritual Eyes and Ears for Things Hidden

    Have you ever looked at a Magic Eye™ picture? The page is covered with repeated designs that are very apparent to any viewer. But, for those who have eyes to see in a new way, you can also see a three-dimensional hidden picture. Many people never see the hidden picture. They only see the surface picture and never really understand that there is a more beautiful picture within the easily seen picture. So it is with Jesus’ parables. Beyond the mere words of the parables are deep, hidden spiritual truths—truths like the Kingdom of God is a treasure worth more than all we have, God welcomes repentant sinners with great celebration, and God seeks the lost. ... More